Writing Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror: Student Edition

Writing Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror: Student Edition

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Overview

This textbook develops an 18-week program designed to guide prospective students through creating their own speculative fiction story, that is, a science fiction, fantasy, or horror story. Designed for homeschoolers and small-school settings, this textbook draws on excerpts from dozens of speculative fiction authors and writing experts. It gives detailed information about genre, cultural world building, physical world building, plot, character, character arc, heroes, villains, sidekicks, bystanders, description, conflict and tension, editing and revising, "your first chapter," voice, words and worldview, science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Each chapter in the course contains exercises for students, including extra credit activities, in addition to guiding the creating of an individual short story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640084407
Publisher: Bear Publications
Publication date: 06/30/2017
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION 5

CHAPTER ONE: GENRE 7

CHAPTER TWO: CULTURAL WORLD-BUILDING 23

CHAPTER THREE: MORE CULTURAL WORLD-BUILDING 39

CHAPTER FOUR: PHYSICAL WORLD-BUILDING 57

CHAPTER FIVE: PLOT 71

CHAPTER SIX: MORE PLOT 88

CHAPTER SEVEN: CHARACTER 106

CHAPTER EIGHT: HEROES, VILLAINS, SIDEKICKS, AND BYSTANDERS 130

CHAPTER NINE: CHARACTER ARC 144

CHAPTER TEN: DESCRIPTION 161

CHAPTER ELEVEN: CONFLICT AND TENSION 175

CHAPTER TWELVE: EDITING, REVISING 192

CHAPTER THIRTEEN: YOUR FIRST CHAPTER 206

CHAPTER FOURTEEN: VOICE 222

CHAPTER FIFTEEN: WORDS AND WORLDVIEWS 238

CHAPTER SIXTEEN: SCIENCE FICTION 263

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: FANTASY 280

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: HORROR 295

EXTRA CREDIT ACTIVITIES 316

GLOSSARY 317

LISTS OF RECOMMENDED WORKS 320

HELPFUL WEBSITES ACTIVE AT TIME OF PUBLICATION 326

INDEX 327

AUTHOR & CONTRIBUTORS 332

VOCABULARY QUIZZES (answers in Teacher’s edition) 334

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